College of Fine Arts and Humanities Leadership Award- Kathy Grundei ’71
Monday, January 25, 2010
Kathy Grundei’s leadership roles in arts education have been an extension of her strong belief that “the arts communicate and make you think in powerful ways.” As arts education consultant for the Perpich Center for Arts Education in Golden Valley, she is in a position to extend her advocacy for arts literacy to the students, teachers, artist, schools and arts organizations the center serves.
Among her many role models – family, mentors and friends – Grundei includes the St. Cloud State faculty who instilled in her education “a future that would continue to embrace curiosity and a deep love for learning.” After earning a master’s degree in education from Hamline University, she touched countless others with her passionate promotion of lifelong learning.
Grundei received three Art Educators of Minnesota awards in her 30-year career as educator and facilitator of professional development of other Minnesota educators through instructional practice, curriculum and assessment. She co-chairs the Minnesota State Standards L-12 Arts Revision Committee and is a former president of the Arts Educators of Minnesota. Through her career, she has lived out her belief that “the arts are what connect us and are at the pinnacle of who we are as humans.”